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Dogs and other pets

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Some Beautiful Tom’s Barn Guests

We could well be talking about our human guests but actually now it is dogs we have in mind. We do get some really beautiful dogs, and most of them not only lovely to look at but very well behaved and with manners to match. It makes it a real pleasure welcoming dogs, which only [...]

Little Extras for Dogs and Their Owners

We frequently get nice comments about ‘all the little extras’ we provide for our human guests, but on the whole have not thought so deeply about providing some little extras for their dogs The first little nudge in the right direction was Jane, a recent dog-owning guest, who wrote in the housekeeper’s book that perhaps [...]

Tom’s Barn Dog Parade

We have had our ‘annual’ (last one was in June 2010) inspection today. It is always a tense moment. There is quite a lot of work beforehand making sure the paperwork is up to date and that one has done everything one was meant to do after the previous inspection. There is also that underlying [...]

Good Food Recommendations and one good garage

We thought it high time to update our food recommendations (and some other recommendations, too – read on…). Talking of good food, how lucky we are to have so many really good and attractive pubs and shops in the area who take a pride in food that is good by any standard. And talking of [...]

What are our guests saying about Tom’s Barn?

‘What a treat to stay here!’ Here is a selection of the latest comments made by our guests in the Tom’s Barn Guest Book.  Douglas’s Barn will follow tomorrow. All the comments are taken exactly as written,  and can be seen in the relevant Visitors’ Books if anyone wonders if we spend our spare time [...]

Top Tips: two walks, one wine and pubs that accept dogs

We are always grateful for up to date comments about what to do and where to eat and thought that this thoughtful review, left in the Tom’s Barn Visitors’  book, would be useful for a wider audience. This would  include Douglas’s Barn guests although none of them share the immediate concern about pubs that accept [...]

Tom’s Barn – is our ‘dog friendly holiday cottage’ really dog friendly?

We have always welcomed (well-behaved) dogs in Tom’s Barn, and are more than happy to do so. From time to time we have also had other pets, such as cats and parrots but by and large it is mainly dogs. With one or two notable exceptions our dog guests are usually beautifully behaved but even [...]

Our romantic cottages for two – what does Visit Britain think?

Well! What a day! Changeover day with a Visit Britain inspection thrown in for good measure… we have never had that before. In the past, the inspection has taken place mid-week which is rather inconvenient for our guests but generally easier because,  when all is said and done, our first priority on a Friday is [...]

An unforgetable experience

We love dogs, and dog owners, and really love to welcome them to Tom’s Barn. For ten years we have had the privilege of welcoming model dog owners, with well-behaved and well-controlled dogs. We could never understand why many other holiday cottage owners shuddered at the thought of accepting dogs. We now know why. We [...]